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Willis Named All-Pro By Sporting News

Posted by Taylor Price on January 13, 2010 – 10:30 AM

Although his season is over, the accolades keep coming in for 49ers three-time Pro Bowl inside linebacker Patrick Willis.

After being named as the linebacker of the year by NFL alumni, Willis was just named to Sporting News’ All-Pro defense.

A panel of 636 players, coaches and team executives voted on the selections and after Willis’ amazing season, he was an easy choice for the sole inside linebacker position.

Green Bay Packers cornerback Charles Woodson took home NFL Defensive Player of the Year honors earlier in the week, and was also named Sporting News’ NFL Defensive Player of the Year.

Woodson won with 241 first-place votes from the 583 players who were polled. New Orleans Saints safety Darren Shaper came in second with 113 votes.

DE Jared Allen, Vikings: Second player with at least 14 1/2 sacks in three consecutive seasons.

DT Darnell Dockett, Cardinals: His 7 sacks tied for first among defensive tackles.

DT Kevin Williams, Vikings: Produced 6 sacks while also anchoring the NFL’s No. 2 run defense.

DE Dwight Freeney, Colts: Sack total of 13 1/2 was most since ’04.

OLB Elvis Dumervil, Broncos: Led league with 17 sacks in ’09 after recording only 5 in ’08.

ILB Patrick Willis, 49ers:
One of three players to record at least 4 sacks and 3 interceptions.

OLB DeMarcus Ware, Cowboys: Fourth consecutive season with 11 or more sacks.

CB Darrelle Revis, Jets: Shut down top receivers; tallied 6 interceptions while allowing only 2 TDs.

CB Charles Woodson, Packers: Tied for league lead with 9 interceptions; also had 4 forced fumbles, 2 sacks and 3 TDs.

S Darren Sharper, Saints: Racked up NFL-record 376 yards off 9 interception returns.

S Brian Dawkins, Broncos: Raised Broncos’ pass defense to No. 3 in NFL; was 26th in ’08.

P Shane Lechler, Raiders: 51.1 yards per punt set NFL record.

PR DeSean Jackson, Eagles: Averaged league-high 15.2 yards per return.

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7 Responses to “Willis Named All-Pro By Sporting News”

  1. By Jo on Jan 13, 2010 | Reply

    P willis! Keep it up, your hard work and dedication is highly appreciated out here in the bay area and the valley. Hope to see you in the playoffs soon!

  2. By manny bejarano on Jan 13, 2010 | Reply

    p willie is one of the best backers in the league. thanks for all your hard work and dedication

  3. By 49erFromBirth on Jan 13, 2010 | Reply

    He is the best cause he never rests. Can’t wait to see him in the playoffs next year.

  4. By Niner Jan on Jan 13, 2010 | Reply

    Patrick was MY pick, too, as MVP on the 49ers Defense. And Frank Gore was my choice of MVP on the 49ers Offense in 2009. I delivered two golden angels to symbolize their excellence!

    Niner Mom

    Now if we can only build a stalwart OL, we can make it into the Playoffs in 2010.

  5. By Darlo49ers on Jan 13, 2010 | Reply

    Patrick Willis will make the pro bowl next season with a better statistic statue next year, Playoffs next season!!!

  6. By Nica on Jan 14, 2010 | Reply

    Patrick aka the MoNster. Has been the all around BEST defensive player, Ever since he has put down his feet on an NFL field. I’m no professional, but that is the truth!

  7. By rob niner on Jan 24, 2010 | Reply

    I have a few cards of Patrick Willis. Hes definitely going to be in the hall of fame.

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